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Definitions of lead

  1. a soft heavy toxic malleable metallic element; bluish white when freshly cut but tarnishes readily to dull gray; " the children were playing with lead soldiers"
  2. preside over; " John moderated the discussion"
  3. be conducive to; " The use of computers in the classroom lead to better writing"
  4. take somebody somewhere; " We lead him to our chief"; " can you take me to the main entrance?"; " He conducted us to the palace"
  5. an indication of potential opportunity; " he got a tip on the stock market"; " a good lead for a job"
  6. a jumper that consists of a short piece of wire; " it was a tangle of jumper cables and clip leads"
  7. pass or spend; " lead a good life"
  8. the playing of a card to start a trick in bridge; " the lead was in the dummy"
  9. a position of leadership ( especially in the phrase ` take the lead'); " he takes the lead in any group"; " we were just waiting for someone to take the lead"; " they didn't follow our lead"
  10. mixture of graphite with clay in different degrees of hardness; the marking substance in a pencil
  11. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing
  12. restraint consisting of a rope ( or light chain) used to restrain an animal
  13. the timing of ignition relative to the position of the piston in an internal- combustion engine
  14. an advantage held by a competitor in a race; " he took the lead at the last turn"
  15. evidence pointing to a possible solution; " the police are following a promising lead"; " the trail led straight to the perpetrator"
  16. a news story of major importance
  17. ( baseball) the position taken by a base runner preparing to advance to the next base; " he took a long lead off first"
  18. the introductory section of a story; " it was an amusing lead- in to a very serious matter"
  19. move ahead ( of others) in time or space
  20. an actor who plays a principal role
  21. result in; " The water left a mark on the silk dress"; " Her blood left a stain on the napkin"
  22. thin strip of metal used to separate lines of in printing
  23. the angle between the direction a gun is aimed and the position of a moving target ( correcting for the flight time of the missile)
  24. cause to undertake a certain action; " Her greed led her to forge the checks"
  25. lead, as in the performance of a composition; " conduct an orchestra; Bairenboim conducted the Chicago symphony for years"
  26. travel in front of; go in advance of others; " The procession was headed by John"
  27. be in charge of; " Who is heading this project?"
  28. tend to or result in; " This remark lead to further arguments among the guests"
  29. stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope; run or extend between two points or beyond a certain point; " Service runs all the way to Cranbury"; " His knowledge doesn't go very far"; " My memory extends back to my fourth year of life".
  30. lead, extend, or afford access; " This door goes to the basement"; " The road runs South"
  31. cause something to pass or lead somewhere; " Run the wire behind the cabinet"
  32. be ahead of others; be the first; " she topped her class every year"
  33. One of the elements, a heavy, pliable, inelastic metal, having a bright, bluish color, but easily tarnished. It is both malleable and ductile, though with little tenacity, and is used for tubes, sheets, bullets, etc. Its specific gravity is 11. 37. It is easily fusible, forms alloys with other metals, and is an ingredient of solder and type metal. Atomic weight, 206. 4. Symbol Pb ( L. Plumbum). It is chiefly obtained from the mineral galena, lead sulphide.
  34. An article made of lead or an alloy of lead
  35. A plummet or mass of lead, used in sounding at sea.
  36. A thin strip of type metal, used to separate lines of type in printing.
  37. Sheets or plates of lead used as a covering for roofs; hence, pl., a roof covered with lead sheets or terne plates.
  38. A small cylinder of black lead or plumbago, used in pencils.
  39. To cover, fill, or affect with lead; as, continuous firing leads the grooves of a rifle.
  40. To place leads between the lines of; as, to lead a page; leaded matter.
  41. To guide or conduct with the hand, or by means of some physical contact connection; as, a father leads a child; a jockey leads a horse with a halter; a dog leads a blind man.
  42. To guide or conduct in a certain course, or to a certain place or end, by making the way known; to show the way, esp. by going with or going in advance of. Hence, figuratively: To direct; to counsel; to instruct; as, to lead a traveler; to lead a pupil.
  43. To conduct or direct with authority; to have direction or charge of; as, to lead an army, an exploring party, or a search; to lead a political party.
  44. To go or to be in advance of; to precede; hence, to be foremost or chief among; as, the big sloop led the fleet of yachts; the Guards led the attack; Demosthenes leads the orators of all ages.
  45. To draw or direct by influence, whether good or bad; to prevail on; to induce; to entice; to allure; as, to lead one to espouse a righteous cause.
  46. To guide or conduct one's self in, through, or along ( a certain course); hence, to proceed in the way of; to follow the path or course of; to pass; to spend. Also, to cause ( one) to proceed or follow in ( a certain course).
  47. To begin a game, round, or trick, with; as, to lead trumps; the double five was led.
  48. To tend or reach in a certain direction, or to a certain place; as, the path leads to the mill; gambling leads to other vices.
  49. The act of leading or conducting; guidance; direction; as, to take the lead; to be under the lead of another.
  50. precedence; advance position; also, the measure of precedence; as, the white horse had the lead; a lead of a boat's length, or of half a second.
  51. The act or right of playing first in a game or round; the card suit, or piece, so played; as, your partner has the lead.
  52. An open way in an ice field.
  53. A lode.
  54. The course of a rope from end to end.
  55. The width of port opening which is uncovered by the valve, for the admission or release of steam, at the instant when the piston is at end of its stroke.
  56. the distance of haul, as from a cutting to an embankment.
  57. The action of a tooth, as a tooth of a wheel, in impelling another tooth or a pallet.
  58. The announcement by one voice part of a theme to be repeated by the other parts.
  59. A mark or a short passage in one voice part, as of a canon, serving as a cue for the entrance of others.
  60. In an internal- combustion engine, the distance, measured in actual length of piston stroke or the corresponding angular displacement of the crank, of the piston from the end of the compression stroke when ignition takes place; -- called in full lead of the ignition. When ignition takes place during the working stroke the corresponding distance from the commencement of the stroke is called negative lead.
  61. The excess above a right angle in the angle between two consecutive cranks, as of a compound engine, on the same shaft.
  62. In spiral screw threads, worm wheels, or the like, the amount of advance of any point in the spiral for a complete turn.
  63. A conductor conveying electricity, as from a dynamo.
  64. The angle between the line joining the brushes of a continuous- current dynamo and the diameter symmetrical between the poles.
  65. The advance of the current phase in an alternating circuit beyond that of the electromotive force producing it.
  66. To guide or conduct, as by accompanying, going before, showing, influencing, directing with authority, etc.; to have precedence or preeminence; to be first or chief; - used in most of the senses of lead, v. t.
  67. A rle for a leading man or leading woman; also, one who plays such a rle.
  68. A soft, grayish metal with poisonous salts; atomic number 82, atomic weight 207. 19, symbol Pb. ( Dorland, 28th)
  69. A soft, heavy, bluish- gray metal; a weight attached to a rope for sounding depths at sea; a thin strip of metal for separating lines of type in printing; a stick of graphite or black carbon used in pencils.
  70. To cover, fit, or join with lead; in printing, to place thin metal strips between the lines of.
  71. To conduct by the hand; as, to lead a little child; show the way to; guide by advice; to have the direction or control of; as, to lead an army; to go ahead of; to be first among; as, to lead one's class; induce; spend; as, to lead an unhappy life; to begin a game by playing ( a cetrain card).
  72. To take the first place; act as a guide, director, etc.; to take a course; as, the path leads through the woods; to conduct; as, the broad way leads to destruction; play the first card or domino.
  73. Guidance; first place or position; in games, the right to play first or the play made.
  74. Led.
  75. Leading.
  76. A metallic element, symbol Pb, atomic weight 207. 1; see plumbum.
  77. One of the records, usually three in number, taken by means of the electrocardiograph; in lead I the current is from the right arm and left arm; in lead II, from the right arm and left leg; in lead III, from the left arm and left leg.
  78. See Plumbum.
  79. A well- known metal of a bluish- white color: the plummet for sounding at sea: a thin plate of lead separating lines of type:- pl. a flat roof covered with lead.
  80. To cover or fit with lead: ( print.) to separate lines with leads.
  81. To show the way by going first: to guide by the hand: to direct: to precede: to allure.
  82. To go before and show the way: to have a tendency: to exercise dominion:- pr. p. leading; pa. t. and pa. p. led.
  83. First place: precedence: direction: guidance.
  84. A soft heavy metal.
  85. Leaden, of, or like, lead.
  86. Precedence; guidance.
  87. To cover or fit with lead.
  88. To go before, as a guide; conduct; precede.
  89. To guide by going before; precede; conduct; induce.
  90. To act as guide; extend or reach.
  91. To cover, fasten, fit, or fill up with lead; supply with leads, as type.
  92. Position in advance; priority; guidance; command.
  93. A soft, heavy, bluish - gray metal; some leaden object, as a thin slip to separate lines of type, a sinker, etc.
  94. Graphite. black lead.
  95. Made or consisting of lead.
  96. Sheets of lead for covering roofs; a flat roof so covered.
  97. A well- known metal of a dull fluish- gray colour; a plummet, used in sounding at sea; a thin plate of metal, to separate lines in printing; a small stick of plumbago used in pencils.
  98. First place; precedence; guidance. To lead off or out, to begin.
  99. To cover with lead; to fit with lead; to widen the space between lines by inserting a lead or thin plate of type- metal.
  100. To guide by the hand; to guide by showing the way; to conduct; to direct; to govern; to precede; to allure; to induce; to prevail on; to spend. To lead astray, to guide in a wrong way or into error. To lead captive, to carry into captivity.
  101. To go before and show the way; to go first; to conduct, as a chief or commander; to draw; to have a tendency to; to exercise dominion.
  102. A soft metal of a bluish- grey colour; the plummet or piece of lead attached to a long string or cord, used in sounding at sea; a slip of type- metal.
  103. To cover with lead; in printing, to widen the spaces between the lines by inserting leads, or slips of type- metal.
  104. To guide; to conduct; to go before to show the way; to have a tendency to; to spend or use, as to spend a pleasant life or day; to draw; to entice; to induce.
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Usage examples for lead

  1. Had they used lead the story would have been different. – Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller
  2. Erec replies: " Indeed, I like it not, and you shall not lead him away so easily. – Four Arthurian Romances "Erec et Enide", "Cliges", "Yvain", and "Lancelot" by Chretien DeTroyes
  3. She might, and lead that horse she was on. – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  4. He said that each and every one of them would lead to war. – The Monikins by J. Fenimore Cooper
  5. Lead me to thy master and mine. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  6. You would want to be a great lady and lead the party. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. Lead me to them at once!" – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  8. He allowed the girl to lead him back. – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  9. I will lead thy horse, and do thou lead my lady." – Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock
  10. Rapidly the pirate's lead was cut down. – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  11. What sort of a life do you lead in Venice? – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  12. Now sir, said she, I pray you lead me there as this knight had me. – A Knyght Ther Was by Robert F. Young
  13. I did not know where it would lead me. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  14. This would lead him to what he had come to tell her. – Swirling Waters by Max Rittenberg
  15. Where does that other door lead to? – Who? by Elizabeth Kent
  16. I believe he will lead out many ponies. – White Otter by Elmer Russell Gregor
  17. It may lead me out into the world. – Neighbours by Robert Stead
  18. Oh, said Ayala, that's a lead is it? – Ayala's Angel by Anthony Trollope
  19. Here was a lead at last! – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  20. Chiriqui has the lead – Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862 by Adam Gurowski
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